Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has spoken of his respect for Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho and has admitted that he would like to play for him one day.
The Portuguese manager nearly made that happen in 2005 when he came very close to prising Gerrard away from Liverpool down to Chelsea, but the Reds legend rejected that move at the last minute.
Gerrard still regards Mourinho as the best manager around after years of success with Porto, Chelsea, Inter and now Spanish champions Real Madrid.
“I would like to play for Mourinho, the Special One,” Gerrard said.
Gerrard has reaffirmed his commitment to the Reds though, having nearly linked up with Mourinho on three occasions.
On Chelsea’s initial move for him in 2005, he said: “Liverpool weren’t really challenging at the time, so there was something to think about.”
“But I ended up saying ‘no’ and a year later I said ‘no’ again. But he came back when he arrived at Real Madrid two years ago.”
“I look at some players who get interest from clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona and they cause absolute wars to get out and get there.”
“But that has never been me and, again, it just wasn’t going to happen.”